British Army medics launch week long free medical camps with Kenya Defence Force

British Army medical camp in Larisera
Over 12,500 patients seen in last two years – treating ailments & raising awareness on health education. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

This week, British Army medical units are partnering with Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to run a series of free medical camps in Samburu, Laikipia and Isiolo counties.

After the team arrived in Larisera in Samburu on Wednesday (11 May), where the seven day exercise began, hundreds of patients turned up for treatment. Since the joint medical venture began two years ago, more than 12,000 patients have been treated.

Over the week, experts will focus on communicable diseases, reproductive health, malaria, cancer screening and voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV/Aids.

As well as medical treatments, the teams provide a series of health awareness sessions which focus on hygiene and birth control.

The areas in which British Army Field Hospital have established several health clinics were chosen for their remote locality and where local communities have limited or no access hospitals.

“This is a fantastic partnership experience, focusing on reaching areas of the community that are most difficult reach.” – British Army Brigadier, David Eastman

 

Samburu Health executive, Mary Ekai has praised the partnership saying it supplements the county’s efforts in ensuring locals get good medical services.